How to Be Awesome at Your Job: A Podcast for People who Love Learning Improvement Tools for Happier Work, Career & Achieving

If your job requires substantial thinking and collaboration, this podcast will help you flourish at work. Each week, Pete grills thought-leaders and results-getters to discover specific, actionable insights that boost work performance. These practical nuggets sharpen the universal skills every professional needs. Pete has coached world-class thinkers from 50 countries, every Ivy League university, and many elite companies to work brilliance. Now, let his VIP guests guide you to becoming a better thinker, doer, presenter, and leader. More career fun, wins, meaning, and money await. Transcripts, show notes, and handy resources available at
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How to Be Awesome at Your Job: A Podcast for People who Love Learning Improvement Tools for Happier Work, Career & Achieving



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Now displaying: September, 2016
Sep 30, 2016

Blogger Joanna Jast shares best practices for boosting your brain’s performance.

You'll learn

  1. The optimal surroundings for optimal productivity
  2. Quick hacks for improving your focus
  3. How our brains are wired to absorb information

About Joanna

Joanna Jast is the author of Laser-Sharp Focus and a top mental performance seeker. She uses her medical background and low-tolerance for fluff to find proven ways of accelerating learning and personal growth. Her mission is to help people achieve professional and educational success faster.

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Sep 28, 2016

“Chief Galvanizer” Patrick Galvin offers philosophies and pro-tips for building a powerful network.

You'll learn

  1. Approaches to asking great questions for relationship building
  2. An overlooked social media tool that can epicly enrich your network
  3. The benefits of developing a “methodology of gratitude”

About Patrick

Patrick Galvin, chief galvanizer of The Galvanizing Group, is a dynamic speaker and business coach who galvanizes audiences and inspires people to achieve big goals. He has received accolades for his speaking presentations to companies and associations in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe covering a variety of marketing-related topics.

He is the author of The Connector’s Way: A Story About Building Business One Relationship at a Time. Patrick teaches business professionals how to succeed using simple yet effective ways to cultivate relationships in the real world and online.

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Sep 26, 2016

Strengths sleuth Lisa Cummings shows us how we can better leverage our strengths at work.

You'll learn

  1. How focusing on your strengths can 6X your work engagement and 3X your quality of life
  2. Approaches to discovering strengths hiding right under your nose
  3. A clever trick to trade tasks and boost fun

About Lisa

Lisa Cummings is the Founder of Lead Through Strengths, brings 20 years of experience (and experiments) into this practice. She lives to help people find and leverage their strengths at work.

Lisa has experience building strengths-based cultures both as a corporate executive and also from the academic side. She has an MBA and is a Certified Strengths Performance Coach with Gallup, Inc., the biggest catalysts for and analysts of the strengths revolution. She’s the host of the Lead Through Strengths podcast. Her top three talent themes are: Strategic | Maximizer | Positivity.

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Sep 23, 2016

Executive coach MJ Ryan shows how to use mantras to retrain the brain to establish better habits and responses.

You’ll learn:
1. How to identify unconscious behaviors and what to do to overcome them
2. The worst mental habit in the workplace to break right away
3. An approach to developing your own game-changing personal mantras


About MJ
MJ Ryan is an executive coach to senior executives and entrepreneurs around the world. She combines a practical approach with methodologies from neuroscience, positive psychology and asset-focused learnings to help clients and readers more easily meet their goals. She is a partner with the Levo League career network and the lead venture coach at SheEO, an organization offering a new funding and support model for female entrepreneurs. She’s the founder of Conari Press, creator of the New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series, and author of many books including her latest Habit Changers: 81 Game-Changing Mantras to Mindfully Realize Your Goals. View transcript, show notes, and links at

Sep 21, 2016

Dr. Michael Breus fills us in on all things sleep and identifies the optimal time of day for each and every thing we do.

You’ll learn:

1. How to tell what your chronotype is – and how it determines the best time to do everything
2. The optimal time to send emails, brainstorm, drink coffee, have meetings, and more
3. How to make the most of your power nap

About Michael
Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. With a specialty in Sleep Disorders, Dr. Breus is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Among his numerous national media appearances, Dr. Breus has been interviewed on CNN, Oprah, The View, Anderson, and The Doctors. He also appears regularly on The Dr. OZ Show and Sirius XM Radio. Dr Breus is dedicated to raising awareness of both medically diagnosed sleep disorders and the importance of quality sleep for all. He has become a widely recognized leader in the ever-evolving field of sleep medicine. View transcript, show notes, and links at

Sep 19, 2016

Dr. Michelle Reina discusses how to build trust among team members and why it’s so important that we do so.

You’ll Learn:

  1. The three key components that define trust
  2. What trusting and untrusting behaviors look like in practice
  3. What you can do to identify trusting relationships and develop ones lacking in trust

About Michelle

Dr. Michelle Reina and Dr. Dennis Reina, cofounders of The Reina Trust Building Institute, are leading authorities on helping leaders build, rebuild and sustain trust to produce business results. Over the last 17 years, their research and consulting practice has supported such organizations as American Express, Boeing, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Toyota, Walt Disney World, US Army Chaplaincy, US Dept of Education, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Harvard & Yale Universities, and many others. Their bestselling work, Trust & Betrayal in the Workplace won the 2007 Nautilus Book Award and the 2008 Axiom Book Award. Rebuilding Trust in the Workplace was awarded the 2011 Axiom Book Award.

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Sep 16, 2016

Coach Craig Ballantyne shares how you can plan the perfect day that will enhance your productivity at work without letting your job take over your daily life.

Craig Ballantyne is a Productivity & Success Transformation Coach from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. He has been contributing to Men's Health magazine since 2000, and in 2001, Craig created the popular home workout program, Turbulence Training.
On his journey to success, Craig had to overcome crippling anxiety attacks, and he beat them with his 5 Pillars of Transformation. Today Craig shows men and women how to use the 5 Pillars to lose weight, make more money, and achieve other goals.
You can read his daily essays on success, productivity, and fitness at

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Sep 14, 2016

Pam Fox Rollin helps new leaders settle into their role in the office.

Pam Fox Rollin coaches executives and top teams in the San Francisco Bay Area and globally. Her clients are stepping up from rockstars in their functions to lead more broadly at the VP and C-levels. Pam’s company, IdeaShape, also facilitates culture development, strategy sessions, innovation retreats, conflict resolution, leadership development cohorts, executive onboarding, and team building, often with Myers-Briggs or Enneagram. Pam works most often with technology and healthcare/pharma, including Cisco, Genentech/Roche, LinkedIn, Stanford Health Care, and many fast-growth companies.

A Stanford MBA alum, she frequently returns to the Stanford Graduate School of Business to facilitate leadership programs and coach executive education. Her book, 42 Rules for Your New Leadership Role: The Manual They Didn't Hand You When You Became VP, Director, or Manager, gives you practical ways to lead effectively right from the start.

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Sep 12, 2016

Director of Landscape Services at Ole Miss (and author), Jeff McManus offers fresh insights on “growing people."

You’ll Learn

  1. A powerful storytelling approach to connect your team to a larger purpose
  2. How to massively stretch the impact of your learning & development dollar
  3. Why you might not want to fire that underperformer just yet

About Jeff
Jeff McManus grows things.  As the Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi, he grows plants….he grows people….he grows ideas.  Taking his grounds staff, affectionately known as “weeders”, and developing them into “leaders” has been a joyous challenge that reaped acres of rewards in the form of national recognition by the Princeton Review, PGMS, Newsweek and every faculty, staff, student and visitor who has walked onto the Ole Miss Campus.  Building on that momentum, Jeff has designed a professional development plan for his Weeders called Landscape University – a replicable training program that promotes the individual’s innate ability to GROW.

Jeff has spoken at Caterpillar Inc, the Biltmore Estates, Leadercast, SRAPPA, Trent Lott Leadership Institute as well as the SEC Ole Miss Athletics.  He has also worked with Memphis University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Georgia and private firms in developing their own training programs.

Sep 9, 2016

Meeting enthusiast and Engineering Program Manager John Poelstra shares how to give your meetings a needed boost.

You’ll learn:

  1. When you do vs. don’t need a meeting
  2. How to “blame the agenda” to advance your agenda
  3. The CAT and WOOT frameworks for developing excellent meeting agendas

John Poelstra is a Manager on the Engineering Program team at Red Hat, Inc., the world’s most successful open source software company. John is passionate about facilitating the best project meetings and he wants to help you do the same. He gets great satisfaction from bringing order to chaos and clarity to confusion so that owners can thrive. John achieves this using tools from a variety of disciplines including a current favorite, Trello.

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Sep 7, 2016

Career strategist Jenny Blake shares insights about the when, why, and how of career pivoting.

You’ll learn:

  1. When and how to make a “pivot” move in your career
  2. The three “E’s” of piloting something new in your life
  3. How to reinvent your role--right where you are

About Jenny

Jenny Blake is a career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people move beyond burnout and create sustainable careers they love. She is the co-creator of Google’s Career Guru Program, host of the Pivot Podcast, and author of the book Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One, which released yesterday.

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Sep 5, 2016

This Labor Day, Pete shares some quick perspectives on resting from labors. He discusses:

  • Precisely just how much breaking time is necessary
  • The American Psychological Association's science on what to do in order to ease stress optimally
  • Pete's favorite gear for "napping hard"


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Sep 2, 2016

Recovering procrastinator and professional speaker Rita Emmett lays out a handy framework for overcoming procrastination in the heat of the moment.

You’ll learn:

  1. How to tackle the fears that breed procrastination
  2. Approaches to turn procrastination into prioritization
  3. The 5-step STING method to overcoming procrastination

About Rita
Rita Emmett was once The World's Greatest Procrastinator. Then she converted and is now a "Recovering Procrastinator".

She is also a professional speaker, and author of: The Procrastinator’s Handbook, The Clutter-Busting Handbook, and Manage Your Time To Reduce Your Stress. The books have sold over 300K copies in 42 countries, garnering Rita hundreds of media appearances, including Katie Couric.

Rita’s customized presentations cover Procrastination, Clutter, Customer Loyalty, Burn-out, and Communication Skills have helped hundreds of organizations improve their performance, productivity and profitability, and head off burnout before it starts. Her clients include AT&T, Kraft Food, Mercedes Benz, Met Life, and The National Kidney Foundation.

She emails a free monthly “ANTICRASTINATION Tip Sheet” available at with tips and ideas to help people blast away the procrastination habit.